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NTSB Pushing For Stricter Helmet Laws To Decrease Motorcycle Accident Injuries

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is pushing for greater awareness regarding motorcycle safety as well as advocating mandatory helmet laws. According to a USA Today article, more than 12 motorcyclist die each day in the United States from motorcycle accidents, with head injuriesas the leading cause of death.

California is one of 20 states in the country that require all riders to wear helmets. 27 other states only require helmets for those under 18, while three states – Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire – have no helmet laws whatsoever. Over the last several years motorcycle deaths have continued to increase with the exception of last year, which several experts attribute to the economy.

A recent article in the Press-Democrat further notes that in California, motorcycle deaths have double since 2000, from 276 to 560 in 2008.

Setting aside statistics for a moment, for your own personal safety wearing a motorcycle helmet is critical. If you are in a crash, nothing protects your head from serious impact and trauma if you fail to wear a helmet.

As a California motorcycle accident attorney, I have seen far too many life-threatening injuries result from motorcycle crashes. Even if traveling in a state that doesn’t require you to wear a helmet, please consider wearing one.

For more information, or if you or a loved one has been injured in a California motorcycle accident, contact The Law Office of Frederick J. Sette, dedicated to helping the injured for more than 15 years.

Stockton Highway Patrol Increase Enforcement To Reduce Car Accidents

According to ABC News – Stockton, CHP officers are out in force this Thanksgiving weekend in order to reduce car and truck accidents. As part of their plan to improve safety, officers are writing speeding tickets, clearing accidents quickly when they do occur, and helping out stranded drivers.

The increased patrol started on Wednesday and will continue through Sunday night. At least one Stockton car accident has occurred this holiday weekend.

If you are in a car accident this holiday weekend, or at anytime, a few simple tips can help ease the stress of the situation and get you back on track to your destination.

First – assess the situation – if you or anyone involved is injured, seek medical attention immediately. Some injuries – such as traumatic brain injuries – may not show up for a few days or weeks so its crucial to contact a physician if you suspect you’ve been hurt.

Next – exchange information. Try to gather as much information as possible concerning the other driver such as their name, telephone number and driver’s license number. Also, make notes about the circumstances surrounding the accident, including weather conditions, time of day, and any other factors that may have been a factor in the accident. Remember though, don’t provide any details that could impact your chances of recovery such as “It was my fault” or “I wasn’t paying attention.”

Finally, it is a good idea to contact a California auto accident attorney. If anyone is injured or if there’s damage to your car or property, it’s best to have the help of an experienced car accident attorney guide you through the insurance process or help you file a legal claim. For more information,contact the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette, dedicated to helping those injured for more than 15 years.

Wrongful Death Suit Filed Against Disney

The mother of a boy who died at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Lodge in Florida has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. A Disney bus passed and struck a 9-year-old boy, who was then pulled under the rear wheels.

Several issues are raised by this case that are relevant to accidents that occur in California. First, can an employer be held liable for the actions of its employees? In many situations, the answer is yes. However, it depends on the circumstances of each case.

Additionally, can the boy’s family still recover if he is found partly to blame? Here the Florida Highway Patrol states that the boy’s flat tire is to blame for the accident. California is a comparative negligence state. Thus, if the boy’s flat tire played a role in the accident, it may reduce the amount of recovery, but recovery will still be allowed if Disney, or the bus driver, is still found at fault.

Finally, the conditions of the road have been questioned. The lawsuit contends that pedestrians and bicyclists were often forced onto the roadway and unpaved wetlands to avoid others. Because of steep gullies and railing, people were unable to move to the interior. As a result, the party responsible for maintaining the road and sidewalk may also be at fault.

Tragic accidents often have many complicating factors that determine who is at fault and how much a family can recover. As a result, it crucial to contact a knowledgeable attorney who can thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding an event and help victims and their families obtain the compensation they deserve.

For more information, or if you have lost a loved one due to the recklessness or carelessness of another, contact the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette, helping the injured throughout California for more than 15 years.

Fatigue Linked To California Transportation Accidents

All too often, we feel our eyes becoming heavy and we lose focus on the road for just a moment. In that split second of time, a tragic accident causing life altering injuries can occur.

As stated in a recent Washington Post article, “Fatigue cannot be measured likely the level of alcohol in a person’s system, but it is frequently cited by investigators as a factor in accidents in the air, on the water and on railways and highways.”

In fact, 320 fatigue-related incidents have taken nearly 750 lives in airplane accidents over the last several years. Countless more lives have been lost in car, trucking, boatingand other types of transportation accidents. In fact, in trucking accidents, fatigue is a bigger contributor to accidents than drug and alcohol use. Similarly boating, rail and car accidents have all been linked to exhaustion

When people are tired, they react more slowly, struggle with attention lapses and take more unnecessary risks. Despite the universal recognition that fatigue and transportation is an issue that needs to be addressed, few National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendations and proposals have been adopted.

As NTSB regulators explain, “The problem is compounded by a culture ‘that places a lot of value on burning the midnight oil.”

Safety advocates hope that in the near future, operating under the influence of fatigue will become just as unacceptable as operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol is now.

For more information, or if you have been in any type of transportation accident, contact The Law Office of Frederick J. Sette, dedicated to helping the injured in California for more than 15 years.

California Bill Requires Rental Car Companies To Remove Recalled Cars From Road

The California state Assembly has voted in favor of the nation’s first rental car recall bill which requires rental car companies to remove recalled vehicles from the road.

The bill would close a loophole that allows rental car companies to continue using recalled vehicles, unlike auto dealers who are not allowed to sell or lease cars that have been recalled. Assemblyman Bill Morning, D-Monterey, stated “Consumers need to know that when they rent these cars, that these cars are safe.”

If you have been injured in a car accident where a faulty car part may be to blame, it is essential to contact an experienced Stockton personal injury lawyer at once to protect your rights and begin an investigation. In any car accident, several factors may contribute to the harm, leading to multiple claims. Not only is driver error an issue, but if a defective auto part is at fault, the manufacturer or distributor may be found liable in a product liability or negligence lawsuit.

The bill was written after the death of two California women who died when the steering failed on a Chrysler PT Cruiser they had rented from Enterprise Rental Car in central California. The car caught fire after colliding with a truck. Although the rental car company had received notice of a PT Cruiser recall, it continued to lease the vehicles.

Last year, a jury awarded the girls parents $15 million in a wrongful death lawsuit. Sponsors of the bill hope to prevent further tragic accidents.

For more information, or if you have been injured in any motor vehicle accident, please contact the experiencedStockton car accident lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette.

Tragic Lodi Bicycle/Motorcycle Collision Kills One

According to Recordnet.com, a collision between a bicyclist and a motorcycle in Lodi ended tragically after a bicyclist attempted to cross the road and was hit by a motorcyclist.

The motorcycle was unable to maneuver quickly enough to avoid the accident. Tragically, the bicyclist died from his injuries and the motorcyclist sustained critical injuries.

With the increasing popularity of bicycles as a mode of transportation, we all need to increase our awareness of each other on the road. Further, while it is unknown the exact circumstances surrounding this accident, it serves as a important and frightening reminder to all motorists and bicyclists to follow some basic safety tips to help keep California roadways safe.

These tips include:

For all drivers – motorcyclists, car drivers, truck drivers and bicyclists – avoid distracted driving. Texting while driving is illegal in California and has been shown to increase the risk of accidents and death significantly.

Further, whatever your mode of transportation, follow safety precautions. Whether this means wearing a helming, wearing bright clothing or following the rules of the road, taking simple actions can save your life and prevent injury.

Finally, use common sense and be aware of your surroundings. Taking time to anticipate another’s movements can often avoid an accident completely.

Unfortunately, even with precautions and safety measures accidents do happen. Hopefully though, by working together we can improve the safety of California roadways.

For more information, or if you or a loved one has been injured in a California accident, please contact the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette, a California attorney dedicated to helping those injured for more than 15 years.

Stockton Nursing Home Fined $100,000 After Patient Death

According to the Los Angeles Times, a Stockton nursing home was fined $100,000 after a resident died. An investigation into Creekside Care Center found that inadequate care led to the death of a woman.

The investigation conducted by the California Department of Public Health found that staff at the nursing home failed to adequately treat an elderly wheel chair bound patient who mysteriously suffered a left thighbone break. The woman subsequently suffered cardio-distress and died in the emergency room.

If you have a loved one in a nursing home, and believe that they are not being treated properly, a Stockton personal injury lawyer may be able to help.

When we place our elders in nursing homes, it is often because they cannot care for themselves. We expect that they will be cared for by the nursing home staff. When staff fails to adequately care for patients – such as treating illness and injuries – or neglects or abuses patients, it is considered a form of medical negligence.

Here, the state investigation concluded that the center did not provide an adequate level of care and fined the home.

For more information, or if you believe a family member has been mistreated at a nursing home, contact the Stockton nursing home negligence lawyers at the Law Offices of Frederick J. Sette.

Confidential Settlement Reached In San Diego Sudden Acceleration Case

Earlier this week, Toyota Motor Corporation and the survivors of the late CHP Officer Mark Saylor reach a confidential settlement in the California wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the tragic crash that claimed the life of Saylor, his wife, daughter and brother-in-law. The accident drew national attention to the issue of sudden acceleration and prompted Toyota to recall millions of vehicles due to defective parts.

Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed around the country as a result of the problems experienced with Toyota vehicles. In addition to personal injury and wrongful death claims, many lawsuits allege consumer issues based on the vehicles depreciated value.

In many cases involving car accidents that occur as the result of defective parts, more than one party may be at fault. In the accelerator defect cases, injured parties have asserted claims against both the manufacturer and various dealerships.

Although a settlement was reached with Toyota, the company has not publicly admitted fault. Further, the lawsuit will continue against Bob Baker Lexus, the dealership that installed an ill-fitting mat that may have contributed to the injury.

Despite the settlement of this case, thousands of lawsuits are pending in courthouses throughout the country. Further, questions still remain for Toyota such as when were they first aware of the potential for sudden acceleration and whether they acted quickly enough to warn of the unreasonably dangerous condition created by the defect.

As a California personal injury attorney concerned about safety, I believe that negligent car manufacturers and distributors must be held accountable for their actions in placing cars with dangerous and defective parts on California roadways. Hopefully, paying substantial verdicts and settlements will serve as a deterrent to future companies who place profits over safety.

For more information, or if you have been in an auto accident either as the result of a defective car part or otherwise, please contact the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette, dedicated to helping the injured throughout California.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against California Doctor For Illegally Prescribing Drugs

The Los Angeles Times reports that the families of two 20-year-old patients who died last year from prescription drug overdoses have filed separate wrongful death lawsuitsagainst a doctor accused of illegally prescribing painkillers. The medical malpractice lawsuits allege that Dr. Lisa Tseng prescribed powerful and addictive drugs to patients who later died from the medication. Tseng has been linked to ten drug deaths.

Ryan Winter of Aliso Viejo died five days after his last prescription in July 2010 and Riley Russo of Laguna Niguel died in December.

According to the lawsuits, Dr. Tseng prescribed Opana, a powerful narcotic, and Xanax to the patients with little examination or reason. She also failed to obtain a proper medical history or refer the patients to specialists. The lawsuits further allege that Tseng has earned a reputation for her willingness to prescribe narcotics knowing they will be used for recreational purposes.

Under California law – the Drug Dealer Liability Act – families may file a lawsuit against anyone in the chain of improperly obtained drugs. The lawsuit also alleges medical negligence and intentional and negligent misrepresentation.

In addition to the families’ lawsuits, Tseng is also being accused of gross negligence by the Osteopathic Medical Board of California. Undercover investigators have determined that Tseng routinely prescribed large amounts of powerful drugs such as Percocet, Opana and codeine without proper examination.

If you have any questions concerning medical care and believe that a loved one has received a prescription in error – either for recreational use or as the result of medical malpractice – consult with a California medical malpractice attorney immediately. For more information, please contact the dedicated Stockton wrongful death lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for a confidential consultation.

Central Coast News Reports That 5 People Have Been Killed In Monterey County This Holiday Weekend

Salinas News reports that the holiday weekend has been a deadly one on the Central Coast. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) three separate crashes have resulted in the deaths of five people in Monterey County. Four other people suffered major injures as the result of the two car accidents and one motorcycle accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured or suffered a wrongful death as the result of any type of personal injury accident, it is important to contact an experienced central coast accident lawyer to investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

Both of the car accidents involved head-on collisions. In the first accident, the driver of a Yukon collided head-on with a driver in the southbound lane, killing the driver instantly. Drugs and alcohol were not suspected to be involved. In the second accident, two Toyota Pickups collided while the driver of one was trying to pass slower moving vehicles. Both drivers died at the scene, while a total of three passengers in the two trucks were taken to area hospital with serious injuries.

The motorcycle accident occurred after the motorcyclist attempted to pass cars by driving on the shoulder and lost control of his cycle, sliding into the ditch, killed himself and his passenger.

All three of these incidents are under investigation. It is unknown what factors contributed to the crashes. Often, even where an accident seems straightforward, many other factors may contribute to both causing an accident and its severity. Here, it is unknown whether issues such as roadway design, faulty auto or motorcycle parts or driver error on any of the parties may be partly or fully to blame for the tragic outcomes. How this fault is determined will affect compensation available.

For more information, or if you or a loved one has been involved in a serious accident, please contact the dedicatedcentral coast personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for a free consultation.